The developer of an innovative urban renewal project in the heart of Brisbane’s West End precinct has won the top gong for inspiring places for Queenslanders to live, work and play.
West Village by Sekisui House Australia was today crowned the best development in the state as the recipient of the President’s Award at the 2019 UDIA Queensland Awards for Excellence.
The project was selected from a pool of category winners by the Institute’s state president Ian Murray.
West Village also took home the Urban Renewal, Marketing Excellence, and the Parks and Recreation awards.
Mr Murray said West Village – stage one was an example of innovative urban renewal. “Blending old buildings with new development, this project has engaged actively with the local community to ensure it delivers spaces that everyone can embrace and enjoy,” Mr Murray said.
“The apartments and commercial spaces delivered to date are of a high quality and a credit to this large scale project that has faced many challenges”.
To celebrate the commencement of the Awards 25 years ago, a special award was bestowed to the best development in the program’s history – Greater Springfield.
The award was judged by a specially appointed panel of industry stalwarts.
The community, southwest of Brisbane, was recognised within Australia and internationally as an outstanding example of a masterplan brought to life.
Mr Murray said that Greater Springfield existed thanks to the unrelenting commitment of its
A total of 21 awards were presented to recognise the diversity of product being delivered.
The Awards celebrate great places where Queenslanders live, work, and play thanks to the
innovation of our industry in their role as community creators.
See the list of award winners below.
The CEO’s Award winner – Thallon Street – Flexible Disability Housing for Elderly Parent Carers by Churches of Christ Housing Services (part of Churches of Christ in Queensland) – was recognised as fulfilling a critical need in the community and provides a model to enable the inclusion of similar housing in other places. The location and design provides flexibility and delivers positive social outcomes.
The Residential Subdivision category winner – Arundel Springs by Villa World – impressed with its excellent presentation of public spaces and outstanding collaboration with council to achieve a win‐ win solution for a core parkland area.
The Affordable Housing category winner – Jingeri by BHC Creating Liveable Communities – challenges expectations about what accessible housing looks like through its innovative design.
The Seniors Living category winner – Seachange Riverside Coomera by Pradella Property
Ventures – has delivered carefully considered homes and facilities that future proof the
development by allowing residents to age in place.
The Medium Density Development category winner – Moreton Townhomes by Tessa
Developments – blends site planning, built form outcomes, and recreational facilities to deliver a quality development.
The High Density Development ‐ Greater than 10 storeys category winner – Valencia Residences by Aria Property Group – combines impressive architecture with clever planning to maximise city views. The project was also the Design Excellence category winner, demonstrating its extraordinary attention to detail, which has resulted in exceptional design outcomes for its residents.
The High Density Development – 10 storeys or less category winner – Akira Residences by Aria Property Group – impressed the judges with its thoughtful Japanese design and array of community zones with a ground plane connected to surrounding precincts.
The Master Planned Development category winner – Oceanside by Stockland ‐ has set a new benchmark by creating a distinct sense of place for the community. Over a decade in the making, it delivers a range of health care, tourism, retail, educational, and sporting based businesses, which provides residents with the option to work close to home.
The Environmental Excellence category winner – Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort by
Mulpha Hotel Trust Pty Ltd – has gone beyond regulatory requirements to rebuild the resort with greatly improved environmental efficiencies.
The Community Engagement Excellence category winner – Drift by Mosaic developed by Mosaic Property Group – demonstrated courage in engaging early with its neighbours and successfully
shaped the project outcome.
The Affordable Small Scale Development category winner – ENVI Micro Urban Village by Bubbl Up – is a unique response to high density with close by services and transport. It is a shining example of what can be done with a progressive regulator and a developer who innovates.
The Premium Small Scale Development category winner – Hamilton Reach ‐ River Homes by Frasers Property Australia – delivers on the premium promise with exception external architecture and a high level of finish and attention to detail in its interiors.
The Retail, Commercial, Public Use category winner – Sports Hub by Sunshine Coast Community and Sporting Club – impressed judges with its concept and the standard of finish delivered. The facility is well researched, well‐delivered, and performs above expectations.
The Consultants’ Excellence category winner – Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort by Prime Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd – stretched the boundaries of innovation and creativity for this development in refurbishing an existing building and delivering a new build onsite as well of a 12 storey curved tower.
The Parks and Recreation category winner – The Common by Sekisui House Australia – is a green oasis within an urban renewal project offering different spaces to visitors including water facilities, community gardens, a chicken coop, and rainforest areas.
The Wildcard category winner – DVConnect Bridging Accommodation Project by Mirvac and Halcyon – is an outstanding collaboration between the development industry and the not‐for‐profit sector to deliver transitional housing for people escaping domestic violence.